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Held in the Light: Norman Morrison's Sacrifice for Peace and His Family's Journey of Healing

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One day in November 1965, Norman Morrison, a devout Quaker, immolated himself on the steps of the Pentagon as a protest against the Vietnam War. It was a terrible and defining moment of an era, one that marked the lives of many people - not least Morrison's own family, who were left struggling to understand his action and to pick up the pieces of their lives. This searing ...more
Hardcover, 177 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Orbis Books
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J. Travis Moger
May 20, 2012 J. Travis Moger rated it really liked it
On November 2, 1965, Norman Morrison, 31-year-old devout Quaker, husband, and father of three, stood outside the Pentagon, poured kerosene over his body, and struck a match. He immolated himself to express his deep concern over the escalating war in Vietnam. Before taking his life in a spectacular way, he mailed his wife a farewell letter of explanation, which included a newspaper clipping about an eyewitness account of the bombing of a Vietnamese village by U.S. warplanes and the resulting deat ...more
Esther Bradley-detally
Sep 30, 2010 Esther Bradley-detally rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone torn by divisions of war
Recommended to Esther by: J. Kuzmic
A friend returned from her summer at Chautauqua. She grew up there as a child, and has spent most summers, if not all, of her life at Chautauqua. She said over dinner, "You must read this," and it was Held in the Ligh, Norman Morrison's sacrifice for Peace and His Family's Journey of Healing. The book is profound. Norman Morrison's were startling, but left this reader wondering, "did he stop a nuclear war," and the results of his actions reverberate through time. His wife writes with courage and ...more
Jan 03, 2011 Laura marked it as to-read
I haven't read this book, yet, but I just wanted to remind myself why I have it on my list. I heard an interview of the author on NPR and was intrigued/appalled. This is a book about a man (and obviously, his family) that set himself on fire in protest of things that were going on in the Vietnam war. It sounds horrifying, yet I want to know how his family has dealt with it, and the amazing love that was poured out to their family from people all over the world.
May 15, 2011 Histteach24 rated it really liked it
Interesting story of Norman Morrison who sacrificed himself for peace in Vietnam. Put a little more light into answering tough questions-some see him as crazy for lighting himself on fire. His wife does a beautiful job showing the reader the truth and both sides of the story. Even if you don't agree with his decision, the book makes you think about the consequences of war.
Jun 22, 2010 Mariana rated it liked it
One November afternoon, Norman Morrison drove to the Pentagon with his one-year-daughter, and burned himself to death to protest the Viet Nam War. What happened to his wife and three children afterward?
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